PMQs: Frustration builds as May refuses to answer Corbyn’s questions on Brexit

Four of Corbyn's six questions focused on Brexit — none were answered

Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for not asking enough Brexit-based questions at PMQs, but today’s session demonstrates that whatever he asks, we still can’t expect any answers from the prime minister.

Four of the Labour leader’s six questions focused on the exiting process, in particular the role of the devolved adminstrations, the customs unions and the status of the Irish border. He repeatedly attacked May’s refusal to offer any details on her plans to the public, saying:

“Every day the PM dithers over this chaotic Brexit, employers delays investment and there are rumours about relocation. This cannot carry on until March next year. When will she come up with a plan?”

The Prime Minister offered her usual obfuscations in response, promising the ‘best possible arrangement’ and emphasising that ‘none of us want to see a return to the borders of the past’, but refusing to offer any detail on the process.

Later, she refused to engage with three separate questions on parity of esteem for mental health and brushed of a Northern Irish MPs question on the threat Brexit poses to the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.

While many argue that Corbyn must do more to force answers — or at least highlight May’s mockery of the parliamentary process — frustration  with the prime minister is growing on the Labour benches.

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